Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Is there anyone here not anticipating Kevin’s Smith latest contentious comedy Zack and Miri Make a Porno? Just the title alone raises quite a few eyebrows. I don’t know about you, but I’m hoping that this is the comedy that’s bold enough to go even further than Knocked Up and Superbad to revolutionize the genre. Or, it could just be idoitically offensive. Who knows? The point is, it’s a movie we’ll be talking about for months to come, even before it’s release.

News Askew has reported that the teaser trailer for the film that stars Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks, has suddenly disappeared. When Kevin Smith was asked why this happened, his response got a pretty good chuckle out of me:

The MPAA called and said we had to take it down.

Here’s why: Weinstein Co. (like most studios) is a signatory of the MPAA. As such, there are protocols involving trailers that we failed to follow.

As with features, all trailers get rated get rated by the MPAA. The majority of them are for general audiences (Green Band trailers), but trailers packed with adult content (like our teaser) earns you what’s called a Red Band trailer.

Well, we didn’t go through this process – simply because, we felt, that since the teaser didn’t contain any footage from the actual flick, it wasn’t technically a trailer.

Boy, was I wrong.

Turns out all promotional material for any film financed/distributed by a signatory of the MPAA has to be signed-off on by the MPAA – including internet-only materials. I never realized this, as it’d never been a problem in the past: we’ve been doing ‘net-only teasers since “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” and nobody ever raised a red flag before (not even on the last flick, for which we also put up two ‘net-only teasers in advance of the rated trailer). But I guess since the teaser was so, shall we say, racy… a rating was in order.

We’re now officially submitting the teaser to the MPAA for rating. If they approve it, we’ll put it back up.

A typical, hiliarious sarcastic response from funny man Kevin Smith. And you know, I think he actually has a point there. If the trailer doesn’t show actual footage from the actual film, then it isn’t actually a trailer. Makes sense to me, but try explaining that to the MPAA.

It also makes me wonder just how much Kevin Smith is going to reveal about his new film. Should he try to pull a Spielberg and keep the hype down to a minimum? Personally, I would like to walk into the screening without the slightest clue of what to expect.

If you haven’t seen the ‘teaser,’ it features Seth Rogen, who we can assume plays Zack, and Elizabeth Banks, who we can assume plays Miri, running an audition for their new porno. If you’re curious about the content, I can recall an instance in which Zack asks one of the actors if he’d be willing to shave his pubic region.

Hopefully Smith will get the trailer back up soon.

Zack and Miri Make a Porno is set to hit theaters this Halloween.

Source: News Askew


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